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Forum: Musician Talk Yesterday, 11:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 643
Posted By HotspurJr
Yeah. This is why most Jazz musicians have a huge...

Yeah. This is why most Jazz musicians have a huge mental library of standards. "Oh, we're playing Autumn Leaves. I know how that goes."
Forum: Musician Talk 09-16-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 643
Posted By HotspurJr
Yes, sometimes that happens, particularly if...

Yes, sometimes that happens, particularly if they're very good musicians who have played together a lot.

Sometimes they'll talk to each other. I have an old Sting bootleg of an acoustic session...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-16-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 252
Posted By HotspurJr
THe better your ear, the better your intuitive...

THe better your ear, the better your intuitive understanding of music, the more you're likely to find you can hold more complex ideas in your head. That can include multiple voices. I sometimes now...
Forum: Bandleading 09-15-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 366
Posted By HotspurJr
I aim to write songs that I love as much as I...

I aim to write songs that I love as much as I love my very favorite songs by other artists.

My reach frequently exceeds my grasp.
Forum: Musician Talk 09-11-2014, 11:26 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 4,370
Posted By HotspurJr
If, for example, you think that Outkast sounds...

If, for example, you think that Outkast sounds like Wu-Tang Clan (to take the two most successful hip-hop groups of the past 20 years) you're simply not listening. That's okay. The music doesn't...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-10-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 126
Posted By HotspurJr
Yeah. I would say start just trying to do songs...

Yeah. I would say start just trying to do songs like christmas carols, movie themes, and nursery rhymes. It'll be tough at first.

I got a tremendous amount of the function ear trainer, a free...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-08-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,224
Posted By HotspurJr
Yeah. I think what's going on is that they learn...

Yeah.

I think what's going on is that they learn A LITTLE theory and then make the mistake of thinking theory is proscriptive, not descriptive.

This is a failure on the part of both students and...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-07-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 326
Posted By HotspurJr
Well, the guitar is a transposing instrument...

Well, the guitar is a transposing instrument anyway. We're already playing every note an octave lower than notated.

But I would say that it's not because of "shape" thinking necessary, but even if...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-07-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 544
Posted By HotspurJr
Start with melodies, not guitar parts. Very few...

Start with melodies, not guitar parts. Very few songs have a melody that is going to be hard to play if you can figure it out.
Forum: Musician Talk 09-07-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,224
Posted By HotspurJr
Right. If you never jam, you shouldn't expect to...

Right. If you never jam, you shouldn't expect to be able to jam. It's not about too much training, it's a question of not training for the relevant stuff. Those guys invariably have a huge amount of...
Forum: Singing & Vocals 09-05-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 177
Posted By HotspurJr
You're not breathing correctly. I'm willing to...

You're not breathing correctly.

I'm willing to bet that as your breathe out while singing these notes, your rib cage is shrinking. You need to learn to breathe while keeping your rib cage expanded.
Forum: Singing & Vocals 09-03-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 180
Posted By HotspurJr
I like this. Nicely done.

I like this. Nicely done.
Forum: Musician Talk 09-03-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 221
Posted By HotspurJr
Practice, practice, practice. Try to identify...

Practice, practice, practice.

Try to identify the rhythm. Without your guitar, just try to listen to the strumming pattern, and then sing it. Don't worry about pitch, just "buh buh-buh buh buh buh"...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-02-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 544
Posted By HotspurJr
Okay, well, here's my standard advice on this: I...

Okay, well, here's my standard advice on this:

I should make a sticky about this. The way you start learning by ear is by learning by ear. You just have to bear down and do the work. Try to do a...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-30-2014, 01:51 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,789
Posted By HotspurJr
Most "shredders" play in genres of...

Most "shredders" play in genres of music that don't interest me.

I feel that, in general, "shredders" tend to be interested in technical things that I don't care about. I recognize the skill on...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-29-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 604
Posted By HotspurJr
When you're not interested in learning new...

When you're not interested in learning new concepts.

My feeling is that the true purpose of theory is to help you learn new musical ideas. For example, imagine how hard it would be to figure out...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-28-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 812
Posted By HotspurJr
It really is context dependent. It can mean...

It really is context dependent.

It can mean playing outside notes (eg, notes that are not part of the scale that shares the name of the key). But these notes can be made to work, if you know how to...
Forum: Singing & Vocals 08-28-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 201
Posted By HotspurJr
I always wonder why people ask this question. If...

I always wonder why people ask this question. If I handed you an instrument you had never played, I dunno, a Sitar or something, and you jammed around on it for a little bit, and maybe halfhearted...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-28-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 913
Posted By HotspurJr
Well, there is no advice so good as to make it...

Well, there is no advice so good as to make it impossible for someone to mis-apply it.

Thanks for the response.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-28-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 404
Posted By HotspurJr
Okay, the first thing to remember is that ear...

Okay, the first thing to remember is that ear training will be really hard at first. Try to do it for 10-15 minutes a day multiple days a week. That's been shown to get the best results.

Start by...
Forum: Singing & Vocals 08-27-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 211
Posted By HotspurJr
I honestly don't think you can learn to sing from...

I honestly don't think you can learn to sing from a book. I've looked at a few, even bought one or two, but it wasn't until I started taking lessons that I started to feel like I could sing well.
Forum: Singing & Vocals 08-27-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 211
Posted By HotspurJr
Find some local group lessons. They won't be too...

Find some local group lessons. They won't be too expensive.

I honestly don't feel like there's a great way to learn singing without a teacher. If it's important to you, find a way to save up the...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-27-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 913
Posted By HotspurJr
I'm not getting upset (not in a band currently),...

I'm not getting upset (not in a band currently), rather, I'm finding myself confused by the difference between your experience (which I am not challenging the validity of in any way) and the fact...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-27-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 404
Posted By HotspurJr
I would guess that your ear isn't that great,...

I would guess that your ear isn't that great, right?

Trying to remember music with a poor ear is very very hard. You end up trying to remember what your fingers are supposed to be doing, but we...
Forum: Singing & Vocals 08-27-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 211
Posted By HotspurJr
Well, you could work on those things. Overall,...

Well, you could work on those things.

Overall, your breath control seems pretty poor. It's not smooth, so I suspect you're not breathing properly. You also don't trust yourself when it comes to...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-27-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 264
Posted By HotspurJr
I'm willing to bet the venues have someone they...

I'm willing to bet the venues have someone they can recommend.

You should ask them specifically how much coverage they require, as well.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-26-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 377
Posted By HotspurJr
Mark Hansen's books are a really great...

Mark Hansen's books are a really great introduction to fingerpicking. Particularly The Art of Contemporary Travis Picking and The Art of Solo Fingerstyle.
Forum: Singing & Vocals 08-25-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 237
Posted By HotspurJr
What do you think you sound like? What do you...

What do you think you sound like?

What do you want to sound like?

To me you sound a little strangled, like your mouth is full of marbles - half the words are incomprehensible. I think it's because...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-25-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 913
Posted By HotspurJr
When, certainly, the Stones and Beatles are...

When, certainly, the Stones and Beatles are relevant comparisons because the musical landscape hasn't changed at all since then. I mean, it's exactly the same.

I think playing A cover can be a good...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-25-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 601
Posted By HotspurJr
As others have said, there's no right answer to...

As others have said, there's no right answer to this question. It depends on context, and what you're trying to do.



There might not be a right answer to your questions, but I wonder if "lazy" is...
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